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pdodd | Friday January 01, 2016

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20th Century Extracts

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This article from the New York Daily News of 1955 reports the opening of the first Disneyland Theme Park.

Disneyland opens in 1955

LOS ANGELES, July 9. - The most spectacular idea that Walt Disney has come up with in thirty years of profitable daydreaming will become reality a week from tomorrow when his one-man world’s fair, Disneyland, opens at Anaheim, Calif.

I’ve just taken a tour of this unique, $17,000,000 wonderland that Disney beamingly refers to as “160 acres of happiness.? My guide was the boss himself. Like a kid who’s got the toy he wanted, 53-year-old Walt bubbled with boyish pride and excitement as he ushered me into his brand-new world of make believe.

“Just what is Disneyland?? I asked.

“It’s a fabulous playground,? he answered. “Something of a fair, a city from the Arabian Nights, a metropolis of the future, a showpiece of magic and living facts, but above all, a place for people to find happiness and knowledge. It’s something I dreamed up years ago.?

We entered the grounds through an old time railroad station and climbed into a scaled down replica of the locomotives that puffed their way west three-quarters of a century ago. The...


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